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Jane Welch

Jane Welch, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jane Welch
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 9th June, 1828
Arrival date: 10th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 414
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 19 February 2020), April 1828, trial of MARY HODGES JANE WELCH (t18280410-284).
MARY HODGES, JANE WELCH, Theft > simple larceny, 10th April 1828.

1044. MARY HODGES and JANE WELCH were indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April , 26 yards of printed cotton, value 13s. , the goods of Thomas Hall .

JAMES REYNOLDS . I am shopman to Mr. Thomas Hall, a linen-draper of Bishopsgate-street, without . Last Friday, I saw the two prisoners at the door, but did not see them do anything; I soon after missed a piece of print from the door - in about an hour and a half I saw them again at the window. and Hodges had a large basket in her hand; I went out and looked at the basket, which was covered with a blue apron; they went down the street, and looked at some ear-rings in a jeweller’s window - I went to look in the basket, and Welch came and put her cloak between me and the basket, and began pulling her ear-rings, and asked Hodges if she thought they would match; I told Hodges to come back with me; she said, the basket did not belong to her - I said, she could not object to come back with me to our shop; but I took her to Mr. Johnson’s shop, and found this print of Mr. Halls, in the basket, and another piece of print, belong to Mr. Needham, of Shoreditch - I went to fetch an officer, and on returning, I met Welch; I told her, she was the very person I was looking for, and she must go back; she said, she would not - I said, if she did not, I would get an officer; I compelled her to go back, and gave charge of them - this is the print; it has our shop mark on it.

WILLIAM WILTSHIRE . I am an officer and took the prisoners.

The prisoners put in written defences, in which Hodges stated that Welch had left her for about ten minutes, and on returning, put something into her basket; but what it was she could not tell. - Welch, in her defence stated that she had found the print in the street, and put it into Hodge’s basket.

JAMES REYNOLDS re-examined. Q. How long had you missed the print? A. About an hour and a half; there was a piece of calico drawn over the prints, which led me to suspect something was wrong.


Hodges received a good character, and was recommended to Mercy .

Confined Two Months .

WELCH - GUILTY . Aged 28.

Transported for Seven Years .

Public Notice. Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, July 25, 1831
THE undermentioned Female Prisoners of the Crown have obtained Tickets of Leave, in compliance with the Regulations of 17th March, 1829. for good conduct in the situations respectively stated, viz :—
County of Cumberland.
Welch Jane, the wife of Maurice, Competitor (2), in service.

Tony Beale on 4th November, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures could not read or write From Drogheda Ireland married with 1 child also pregnant. Wife of Maurice Welch 5’ 1 3/4” sallow dark brown hair brown eyes. Assigned to the factory

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for Jane Welch 31/568 dated 30/7/1831 allowed to stay in Parramatta

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f

Tony Beale on 4th November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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